Re: [OPE-L] Chavez and Trotsky (and Petras)

From: michael a. lebowitz (mlebowit@SFU.CA)
Date: Tue Dec 07 2004 - 22:45:13 EST

At 11:23 07/12/2004, jerry quoted an article in venezuelanalysis:
>In his closing remarks to the World Gathering of Intellectuals and
>Artists In Defence of Humanity, Venezuela's president Chávez noted  the
>need to study the original principles of socialism and said he  agreed
>with Trotsky's theses in his "Permanent Revolution" book that  there are
>no national solutions to global problems.

         Chavez was quite explicit on these points (the second time in a 
week that he has raised the question of socialism); as usual, he has been 
attacking capitalism and praising Cuba, but he also is regularly talking 
now about the need to change the relations of production.
         Meanwhile, Jim Petras was interviewed a bit earlier at the 
conference and repeated his Chavez=FDR (although it got a bit more like 
Chavez=LBJ and the Great Society); eg.,:
>>He believes in a mixed economy.  The big difference with Chávez is with 
>>social spending.  He thinks [corporations, the wealthy] should pay taxes, 
>>and he should provide social services.  But in my opinion the question 
>>is: how can this be?

Not quite the equal of 12 April 2002 when he blamed the coup on Chavez's 
mistakes, but worth filing away for the Petras Tally.
         in solidarity,
ps. apropos fdr, petras says chavez should spend on public works to reduce 
Michael A. Lebowitz
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